FAQs: Acupressure Mats for Horses
Acupressure has been around for century’s as a therapeutic treatment, but it’s a relatively new treatment that can help stifle problems in horses. Naturally, you may have a few questions about how to use it, so these quick answers should help answer some initial questions about integrating Accuhorsemat into your horse’s recovery routine.
When is the best time to apply the Accuhorsemat - before or after a ride?
It depends on your horse, your routine, and what you are working on. Many riders use the Accuhorsemat before a ride, to help warm up the horse and alleviate tightness and pain so your horse can move more freely. Using the Accuhorsemat after a work-out is great for recovery, taking more oxygen to the muscles to accelerate the healing process.
For horses suffering from specific issues such as SI or other chronic pain issues, you can use the Accuhorsemat for 15 minutes before AND after the ride, for the optimal results.
How long should my horse wear the Accuhorsemat?
Can I use the Accuhorsemat on my horse every day?
What is a typical reaction for a horse when being introduced to the blanket?
We always recommend you take it slow the first time you apply the Accuhorsemat, adding one piece at a time as your horse gets comfortable – see our instructional video at: http://acuswede.com/accuhorsemat/how-to-use/
For most horses, you can apply the entire Accuhorsemat system during the first use, within 5 minutes. Some horses may be more sensitive and it takes a few applications to get comfortable wearing the Accuhorsemat. Your horse is likely to take notice and may shift around the first couple of minutes, once he starts to feel the treatment. Many horses find a release with the Accuhorsemat with the first use – licking, chewing, dropping their head, yawning. Other horses take a few applications before they settle in and relax. The Accuhorsemat releases endorphins, so your horse is likely to be calmer and more mentally relaxed after a treatment.
After regular use, you should notice a difference in any pain or tightness your horse has been holding. Your horse should move more freely, and should be able to gain muscle strength due to the decrease in tension in the fascia and on the muscles.
Do you always need to use the hind quarter mat, the shoulder mats, and the blanket?
Can the Accuhorsemat be used for therapeutic purposes?
How do I care for the Accuhorsemat?
Are there batteries or any replacement parts for the Accuhorsemat?
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